Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick were made aware at half-time of their clast that Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton, 86, had passed away.
Middlesbrough had welcomed Rooney's Birmingham City to the Riverside, when the news was announced during the break. An image of Charlton was projected on the big screen as both sets of fans chanted ‘There’s only one Bobby Charlton.’
Rooney and Carrick also paid tribute to the legend – with both spending lengthy periods at The Red Devils. The pair were seen applauding following the announcement of Charlton's death.
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In a statement, Manchester United said: "Manchester United are in mourning following the passing of Sir Bobby Charlton, one of the greatest and most beloved players in the history of our club. Sir Bobby was a hero to millions, not just in Manchester, or the United Kingdom, but wherever football is played around the world.
"He was admired as much for his sportsmanship and integrity as he was for his outstanding qualities as a footballer; Sir Bobby will always be remembered as a giant of the game.
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"A graduate of our youth Academy, Sir Bobby played 758 games and scored 249 goals during 17 years as a Manchester United player, winning the European Cup, three league titles and the FA Cup. For England, he won 106 caps and scored 49 goals for England, and won the 1966 World Cup.
"Following his retirement, he went on to serve the club with distinction as a director for 39 years. His unparalleled record of achievement, character and service will be forever etched in the history of Manchester United and English football; and his legacy will live on through the life-changing work of the Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation.
"The club’s heartfelt sympathies are with his wife Lady Norma, his daughters and grandchildren, and all who loved him."
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